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this is chicago's very own wgn news at 9. if you do know, sir, if you do know, please come forward. desperate for some sort of closure, grieving mother begs the driver who ran over her son to step up and tell her what happened. good evening. arresters look at the possible driver, following both the investigation and the victim's family. >> mike the stream of visitors of steady, people patiently
waited. the comments were consistent across the board. those we spoke with said those are a -- the world is a little less bright without choice taylor. >> he was a grade kid. >> he always made me smile. >> for parents, a different take, they stand in different shoes. >> i can understand the fear and the panic that could go through someone's mind. but you have to come forward and say what happened. >> to see the woman as strong as she is, i had to come. >> reporter: for family. >> i'm happy because i know he's in a better place. >> reporter: everyone gathering to say good-bye. tonight a new development in the
investigation. police released this sketch created with the help of a handful of witnesses. police are looking for a white mail with a thin build, the driver was wearing a goatee has short brown or black hair. his vehicle a newer model truck. >> the truck is also described as an over the road semitractor with asleeper on it, newer, more aerodynamic. >> all of this an effort to bring closure to the case. choice taylor's own mother appearing almost to comfort others wants leniency for the person responsible. on bent knee, she drives for the driver to come forward. >> it's about having some closure. whoever this person is they're going to need to heal. >> reporter: now, the funeral for choice taylor is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. tomorrow right here at the family's church. the investigation into his death
continues at this hour. anyone with information is asked to call the des plaines police department. >> thank you. the ill fated carnival ship pulled into san diego bay. today many of the chicagoans on that ship made it back to their homes. >> what a story they have to tell. it may have sounded worse than it was, although, actually, it does sound pretty bad. bit of a nightmare at sea. the people who lived it, just glad it's over. they're not tough to pick out, they're about the happiest people arriving in midway airport tonight. maybe this week. thrilled to be home and to have their ordeal on the high seas behind them. >> it wasn't like we expected but it was like being on gilliganz island. we just cast aways for five days. >> reporter: after an engine
fire left the carnival ship dead in the water, 44 miles from shore, early monday. these chicagoans among a group vacationing together aboard the ship left without the air conditioning, hot water and cooked food, the ship was towed into port in san diego yesterday. >> we just laughed with each other, you know, prayed with each other. and we did the best we could do. >> god was good to us, that's the main thing. and we survived. >> reporter: in fact they returned in surprisingly good spirits. while the adventures at sea sounds pretty awful, they say it could have been worse. >> they kept our spirits up. everything they could do, they did. >> reporter: and of course they are getting a refund including airfare along with a free cruise.
but would they go back? actually, yeah. they sure will. >> i plan another trip as soon as they send me that voucher. but i won't go on that ship no more. >> you know, who could blame you. tell you one thing, these travelers are betting that when they take their free trip, it will be smooth sailing. >> thank you, tom. we want to hear from you, does the incident make you think twice about taking a cruise? you can also vote online at our website. politics now, alexi giannoulias said no thanks to running for mayor. he'll finish his term as
treasurer rahm emanuel is expected to say he's a candidate for mayor. more broken winds, it's been a week of vandalism. >> why someone would do this, i'm not really clear tonight but this morning, two campaign offices were the target on the 46 ward. here are some of the pictures. a brick thrown through the wind of the campaign office. he wasn't the only one though. michael carol was also another target. at kappelman's office the brick was thrown with great force. they were expecting something like this to happen because other candidates have been targeted recently.
windows were broken at three political offices. one office is home to four democratics. my sense is there's some very frustrated and angry people out there who are frustrated with politics. probably because they don't feel hurt. so my message to them is, i'm there to listen but i will not tolerate crime. >> and there are about two dozen candidates running for 46 ward, kapelman says the incident not enough to intimidate him from running. he's had no other issues with threats. cook county board president's office is being accused of dragging its feet.
preckwinkle says she's getting zero cooperation, cook county government has a $3 million budget, nearly 24,000 employees that she'll take over. president obama in japan to have greater access to fast growing markets. he's at a summit hoping it will go better than the g 20 summit. there, mr. obama had hoped member nations would get behind us. mr. obama used a baseball metaphor to describe his disappointment there. >> as i emphasized before we should not anticipate that every time countries come together, that we are doing some revolutionary thing. instead of hitting home runs sometimes we'll hit sing is else but they're really important
singles. >> now, the president heard criticism from germany and other nations that the united states itself is involved in currency manipulation. coming up, you lost her once, now a widower is grieving for his wife once again because her ashes are stolen. fired for a wedding announcement? and the weather.
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>> reporter: they broke into christopher washington's home yesterday afternoon. breaking a kitchen window first and then prying the locks off the back door to gain entry. they left with a television set, some jewelry and an 8-pound box containing the ashes of washington's late wife. she died this year of bone cancer at age 40. he and his 11 year old son were planning to do something special with his wife's ashes. he had the box stored on a shelf for safekeeping. washington says he feels violated. >> i was angry but i'm sad also. she just died six months ago. leaving me to raise our
11-year-old son alone. and now we had plans on taking her ashes somewhere and -- somewhere nice and i can't do that now. >> reporter: police say the theft of someone's remains is odd. certainly not an every day occurrence. >> tensions were high this week at st. charles north high school, students wore up saying straight pride and a biblical passage on the beth. that passage caused some anxiety and offended many students. the students were allowed to continue wearing the shirts but were told to black out the bible passage on the back. >> try and teach them that while there were two sides to an
issue, you can hold on to you're side of the issue but you also have to be respectable of the people who hold the opposite opinion. >> now, the offended students started a facebook group to protest the handling of that incident. u.s. supreme court today refusing to end the military don't ask don't tell policy is. high court rejected a petition to end that policy. legal battle continues at key senators are set to decide how to proceed soon. the obama administration had urged the supreme court to delay getting involved. a woman says she was pressured to leave her job because she married another woman. she married her partner in june.
officials asked her to retire, she said no they considered it a resignation. >> when they offered me another director position, i told them that i was not qualified for that, and they told me that if i didn't take that job, then they would consider that as my resignation. >> university released this statement, the university for valid and lawful reasons decided that it would not be consistent with the university's mission as a catholic institution of higher learning for her to continue in the office of program director of its education program. raising awareness about ms by lifting the spirits of patients. bears player tackles a big problem off the field. and a wrigley field
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diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. >> it affects my left side. it's hard to walk sometimes. my legs feel like lead. >> reporter: she could no longer work but on this night she is back on a flight thanks to fly for m. s. >> for about ten years now, it's been hard for me to do the things that i really want to do. the opportunities really aren't there so i jump at the chance to do this. i love chicago, and to see it from this air plane, it's just beautiful. wonderful. i love it. i'm so excited. >> reporter: the flight was a journey back in time for eric powell. >> used to sky dive, play a lot of golf, and new i use a wheelchair. >> reporter: not tonight, he's in the copilot seat.
>> the fact i had the controls a couple of times, it was immeasurable. >> one gentleman told me that for three months he waited for us to come, he forgot about his m. s. for the first time. that's priceless. >> reporter: he realized money wasn't enough. a disease like m. s. needed multiple plans of attack. >> it's a chronic disease. and so besides better drugs, you need increased awareness and education because that's going to help on many fronts, from government to society. >> reporter: support for people with a disease often so undiagnosed, memory problems, blurred vision. >> people don't talk about it. when you get it, you think you are the only person who has it. >> reporter: now an effort to scan up for those with m. s. by
soring the sky. he is flying his own plane at his own expense around the world. 30 different countries. they went to germany, green land and ireland. >> these could potentially/tract lots of potential. >> it's a positive message like you are not alone. >> reporter: in three months they've gone nearly 30,000 miles at a cost of $100,000. but for those who have taken the ride, it's priceless. >> i'm in householden right now. >> i think this is absolutely invaluable. >> thank you for sharing your flight with us. this disease is so tough because there is no cure for m. s. the good news is they will be here all weekend. if you are impacted by m. s. in anyway and want to take a flight, log on to our website. or just join in the cause. there are still some
openings? >> yes, there are. it was a lot of fun. >> in my family, i know the pain. >> good story. thank you. coming up, a woman asks for directions and takes more than notes. a purse snatching puts one person in the hospital. real life iron man suits. if you wear one it makes you 17 times stronger. but really, you're not going to wear one. we'll tell you who will, though.
a woman fought to hang on to her purse when a man drove up asking for directions then grabbed the purse, then he hit the gas. you can see her walk up to the suv and talk to the man. and then he drives away. she was dragged several feet. police say she suffered a few bumps but she is okay. >> a man was killed in a freak
accident crushed under the wheels of a golf cart. a man was shooting a round of golf by himself when the accident happened. he was trapped under the cart and found by another the golfer. police aren't sure how it happened but the medical examiner's office ruled it an accident. and tomorrow chicago's tribune, rahm emanuel. things are slowly getting better like the old carson building have huge vacancies.
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forecavity -- forecast, we may have some hours without rain in the morning but looks like the rain will be developing as time goes on. and look at this. we were sent this picture, said is this global warming or not. she has arose plant blooming. and lieu lake captured these last fall colors of the season there. aren't they beautiful? i thought this shot was amazing, showing the leaveless trees but you can see the beautiful colors below. and this picture of downtown. it's a beautiful time of the year. i'll tell you, the party is pretty close to over. we'll get one more shot of warm air tomorrow. the clouds rained on us this morning. the highest temperature we had was 56. this was the cool he is day
since last saturday. the front that waved south will come back north as a warm front and go through here briefly. tomorrow is kind of a crazy day with temperatures warming from the cool start to the low 60s early afternoon, then you get a burst of rain, maybe some thunderstorms in spots. by evening we could be crashing from the mid 40s to 30s. on sunday we'll be up to the north. highs today stayed cool by the lake. but wheat field in indiana went up to the 70s today. there's a plot of temperatures, those 70s earlier today are a distant memory. rains have been coming down in
salina kansas, and nebraska has been wet, too. a big storm with six tossen inches of snow. look at the rains that have come in, over it inches of rain. we've got a full blown late autumn storm developing tonight and there's a warm front right here that will come back north. we'll transition into the cold air that's wrapping into the back side of the storm. here's where these little showers are tonight, some of them dot part of our area. you see the brighter colors. the main body of rain at the moment is out west and that's what will be shifting in here tomorrow. toward noon time and during the afternoon, couple of these little spotty things will develop from time to time during
the night. and already the big snow band is starting to develop as this thing has cold air on its back side. it will be the biggest snow for the mid-west so far this season. here's how we start the day tomorrow. see these showers? we think a line is going to start developing right there ahead of the dry wedge, that's where the cold air starts to occur. and this thing will hit us about noon tomorrow. according to our models. there are multiple models in on that. then it rains again maybe 3, 4:00, we go into a brief dry period but the temperatures will be plunging as winds will have shifted. the biggest total rainfall will be out to the west of us, we actually could use a little more rain. it's been the dryest period in over half a century.
there are winter stamp warnings in effect over five states and those are fast and freeze advisories. here it is. this is essentially the demarch case -- demarcation line. you'll certainly know by the end of the weekend that we've transitioned into a different air mass than the one we were in all this week. well, tonight partly cloudy and cooler, because of those northeast winds. and yet still above normal for this time of year, way above normal. low temperature 46, that's only 3 degrees below the normal high this time of year. it's just the beginning of a cool off that will temporarily be interrupted by a warm passage that pumps us up to the low or mid 60s for a time early afternoon tomorrow. then temperatures stamp falling.
cloudy maybe a shower in the morning, steady showers, maybe an isolated thunderstorm starting at noon. then windy and cooler with rain ending for a time toward evening. but the clouds come back and show do the showers, temperatures down to 36 by morning. and sunday, a cool day, 39-degree high would qualify as the coldest day here since march 20 when we hit 39. so that's a whole different ballgame. >> it's back. >> and we'll show you another system mid week that could produce some rain that turns to snow. so we'll come back. i get dizzy looking up and down. >> roller coaster. >> that's right. >> thank you. >> coming up, throw the flag, early football preparations. >> and the softer side of
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israel is all about izzy's kids. >> reporter: on the gridiron he's tough as nails. but off the field, israel has a much softer side. number 71 is all about the kids. he runs the israel foundation. he started the organization in 2007, one of the programs within that foundation,izzy's kids 1st down. >> it's a part of who i am and enjoy doing it. i enjoy being engaged and helping these young people develop. i'm very rewarted. >> giving back is actually in his genes, growing up in nigeria, he moved to canada,
where his parents started a ministry. >> we'd feed homeless people and people who needed that. that's what i grew up seeing. >> reporter: education is first and foremost for the program which works with chicago public school students in fifth through 7 grades. he gives kids monthly incentives for perfect attendance. he says the program works. >> attendance has gone up from day one in some of the schools, just the school culture and the spirit in the school is completely different, they've been up lifted, the teachers are doing an incredible job, the staff is doing an incredible job. >> reporter: bond elementary is one the schools he goes to every month. he encourages the kids and we wards them with trips and gifts for getting good grades and going to school. the kids love it. >> i got perfect attendance and we get to like play and we go on
fun trips, like we went skating. it was real fun. >> and he's here and he's really a part of our field trips, he's very involved. i think his heart is beyond any number i could attach. he's wonderful. >> reporter: he uses football to fire up the kids as well taking them to bears home games periodically and making them pay close attention to the games because afterwards he gives them a quiz. >> i can't find like another person who would do something this big for a whole entire school, to pay out of his pocket and give us the things that he did for us. >> well i definitely would say it motivates the students. oftentimes, i do a board every month that showcases our students who have perfect attendance. and they're like wait a minute, my name isn't on the board because i have to go on the
trip. >> just building those relationships, just very genuine and that really, at the end of the day is what makes it so rewarding for me, we walk away just feeling great about what we're doing. >> reporter: israel, he's one of chicago's very own. >> and he has put in place several programs besides 1st down, including an all start football camp and care africa. care works to supply clean water and funding for clean water in africa. >> that is one class act. thank you. coming up a real life iron man. the suit that may be able to turn our military heroes into super soldiers. rich king and sports coming up. i love my curves. but the love i have for strawberry shortcake, red velvet cake and key lime pie, mmm, it threw a curve at my curves.
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the suits could be deployed by 2015. >> what's the 7 day looking like? >> it looks cooler. that is pretty cool. you see a sought like that in the movies. do you realize it ssa snowed by this date 107 of the past 125 years in chicago? what percentage is that? that's 86% of years have had snow already and last year, if we get flurries on sunday, that's not a certainty, but it's a possibility, that will be four weeks later than we got our first flurries a year ago. here you see the showers in our western suburbs so you could wake up tomorrow to a shower or two but the main body of showers is that line out to the west in missouri and arkansas and that comes through about lunchtime or shortly after and will occupy many hours of the afternoon.
the afternoon is definitely rainier. there's the band that goes through the twin cities and duluth, folks could be shoveling 6 to 10 inches of snow in some areas. there's the reason, temperature demarch case, 75 at st. louis today, 56 in omaha with northeast winds blowing at 10 here. couple of hours into the warm air before temperatures start to drop later in the day. look at that full attitude trough there. you've got quite a cool dump of air coming into the country and indeed we do. after a 61 tomorrow, to occur in the early afternoon hours, by about mid afternoon, temperatures start crashing and they out to be down to the low
50s in the city. down to the 30s tomorrow night and only up to 39 on sunday, let me get back to that again. sorry. monday is 48 with a sprinkle. tuesday partly sunny and 51. then another cold front comes in with a pretty good little wave that could introduce some showers wednesday that might mix with snow on thursday next week. so this is a whole different weather pattern. >> that's bears football weather on sunday. >> it is. boy that's true, out to be good football weather. guys have a good weekend. >> you too. we take a look at the protesters making a graphic statement about the lack of a trauma center at one local hospital. plus bible b contestants
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rich king thinks the bears have a shot. >> going to win. win! >> i predict right now, not very bold prediction right now. the final injury report, the vikings might be running the ball a lot, three of the players only have a 50/50% chance of playing. center olin will make his 127th consecutive start at center. bears once again trying to force their old nemesis, brad favre into making some mistakes.
>> he's got a good running game behind him, still an opportunity, though, he takes chances, sometimes they pay off. we have to be ready to play. he knows our defense. >> meantime, the blackhawks getting ready to play tomorrow. hawks have last four of the last five games, they're one game under 500. they're coming off a loss. >> i mean, just forget about it and move on. i know what i have to do, so, you know, it is what it is, and i need to be better. >> we know we're going to turn it around. even if we do for the rest of the year people will say this is what this team could have been had they had a better home record. we know we're going to hear about it. it's a little frustrating right now.
but we'll stick with it and hopefully we can turn things around on the road. we want to be better than we have been. >> tonight johnlever on the wolfs. that was it, the wolfs lose this one. the bills are trying to make it three in a row when they meet washington tomorrow at 7:00. the bulls are 4-3 right now. fans will have a chance to see two many of the top point guards in the game. he also leads them in assists. >> you look at what he's doing as a rookie in the league, it's very very impressive. >> he's a good player.
he's got good moves, but i'm not so worried about the match up, it's all about winning games. >> okay, jim and -- nice work here, moving the ball around. eventually walt gets it, loyola going on to win that game. college hoops also tonight north western playing its first game against nui, notredame. college football thunderstorm, illinois meets minnesota. finally, holy cow, the harry carey statue has been attacked. repairs are in order, knowing harry he would something like
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